The First Blog I Ever Followed & A Link-Up Party

Before we start this month’s blog hop, I thought I would share with you the first blog I ever read on a daily basis.   The blog is called Girl Talk.

I began reading it many many moons ago but lately I’ve been so busy writing, I don’t have time to read there but they are still wonderfully inspiring!  I went back to their blog to see when it began –and I can only go back in the archives to 2005 but I am almost certain that they existed in 2003 and they just don’t have the archives…I read them!  And I bought 3 of their books and devoured them!

They challenged me in my walk with God, as a new wife, new mom and new homemaker and it is because of them that I thought…maybe I could be used by God to do this blogging thing too.

What first drew me to the blog was who wrote it.  It is written by a mother name Carolyn Mahaney and her three daughters –Janelle, Nicole and Kristen.  I related to them because the three girls reminded me of the relationship I have with my 2 sisters and my mom.


As you blog hop today – I encourage you to hop on over to visit these Godly chicks! They have a really great resource page filled with free PDF downloads on Biblical Womanhood, Motherhood, Marriage, Homemaking and Singleness.

I’m pretty sure they don’t know I exist…I’ve emailed them multiple times to tell them how much I appreciate them and how they have inspired me…but I never heard back.  At one time, I was sad I never heard from them…but now that my email inbox is crammed full and I’ve failed to answer my readers back…I understand.  But if by chance they stumble here…Carolyn, Janelle, Nicole and Kristen – THANK YOU for writing. You have blessed my life immensely!

Blogging friends, I can’t wait to see what you all have been writing lately!  Link up your favorite posts from the past month below! And reading friends – grab a cup of coffee and come fellowship with us on this blog hop!

Walk with the King,




Come on in!!!

If you have never taken the time to check out these other bloggers – you are missing out! The ladies that link-up below are amazing writers and creators and I just know that one of them is going to encourage you today!

Join the fun, do a little blog hopping and don’t forget if you link-up below -please add the Women Living Well Wednesdays button to your post so your readers can find us here!

(Posts can include the topics of marriage, parenting, homemaking, homeschooling, finances, recipes, organization and more!)


To find the code go to the sidebar – or right click and “save as” the button and then upload it into your post! πŸ™‚


  1. I’m sure they’d be pleased to know how you have been blessed by their blog. I still remember some of the first blogs that I read too!

    Thank you for hosting today! πŸ™‚

  2. I totally agree!! Theirs is also one of the first blogs I read religiously and still do! I have learned so much from them and love Carolyn’s book Feminine Appeal. It’s so great to find biblically sound blogs like theirs and yours in the blogosphere πŸ™‚ Thanks for all you do!

  3. Hi Courtney,
    Thanks so much for making this link-up available. I just noticed that you ask for your button/link to put in the posts linked up. I have your button on my sidebar. Is that good enough? I want to comply with your rules, but it is so much easier to keep your button on my sidebar all the time than put it into each post. Let me know.
    Bless you,

  4. Thanks for sharing your story, Courtney. When I first started blogging I didn’t read any blogs! God just called me to write but He wasn’t specific. πŸ™‚ So I asked, book or blog? Hence I started the blog and your blog was the first one I came across when I started my ministry! I love how you have shared your blogging ministry journey, it’s always nice to hear stories for others that are co-laborers in the faith like you! To God be the glory!

  5. Just as their blog touched your heart and soul, your blog has touched mine, and from what I have read, countless others! Isn’t it wonderful how we all, as sisters in Christ, can come together and encourage one another? Many blessings, Lisa

  6. Hi Courtney. Thank you for sharing Girl Talk. I’ve never visited it but I think I will now :). I also appreciate your candidness about them not replying to your emails and how you had felt about it.

  7. Courtney, thank you so much for an amazing link up. It has literally saved my life tonight, God has spoken to me through these links and I am incredibly grateful, that He has the freedom to connect with me though this avenue. Tara (The Proverbs 31 Sanctuary)

  8. You were my first blog. I’m not even certain how I found you, but your blog has changed my life. Thank you for giving of yourself to be a blessing to others.

  9. gotta love girl talk! I have read Feminine Appeal and the one on using your time wisely. I’m hoping to pick up the book girl talk soon! All of C.J Mahaney’s books are also fantastic if you have never read them! My fav is Humility

  10. Thanks so much for hosting this linkup. I appreciate all that you do Courtney. I loved this post and will be sure to come back and check out the blog you mentioned. I have your linkup on a page at the top of my blog…because I have too many πŸ™‚ and it is linked on my latest post to avoid confusion. If this is not what you would like, please let me know.

  11. Thanks for sharing Courtney. You were my first blog that I started following regularly! I saw you on Rachel Ray and thought to myself – I have got to check out this girls page. I am so glad I did! If you ever get time, check out my blog! Blessings.

  12. So funny! Girl Talk was the first blog I followed & read faithfully too. In fact I tried to design my first blog to look just like theirs.

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